Advances in bioleaching as a sustainable method for metal recovery from e-waste: A review

Mahsa Baniasadi, Farzane Vakilchap, Nazanin Bahaloo-Horeh, Seyyed Mohammad Mousavi, Sebastien Farnaud

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    Electronic waste (e-waste) accumulation on earth is a serious environmental challenge. The need for heavy metal recovery, together with the profitability of precious and base metals, are strong incentives for researchers to find a sustainable method for metal recovery from e-waste. The scientific community is trying to improve the efficiency of metal recovery from e-wastes using bioleaching, a more sustainable method in comparison to traditional methods. In this review, available methods and the kinetic models that describe the bioleaching processes, and also their limitations, are reviewed. In addition, the application of new approaches to understand how the contribution of microorganisms and their genetic modification can affect the processes, are reviewed.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)75-90
    Number of pages16
    JournalJournal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry
    Early online date5 Apr 2019
    Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2019

    Bibliographical note

    NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Industrial and Engineering Chemistry, 76, (2019) DOI: 10.1016/j.jiec.2019.03.047

    © 2019, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International


    • Bioleaching
    • E-waste
    • Heavy metals
    • Spent batteries
    • Waste PCBs

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Chemical Engineering(all)


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